Special Education Reform Featured on “The Browne Report”

Legislation crafted by Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne and Representative Bernie O’Neill to provide long overdue reform to Pennsylvania’s special education funding formula is featured on this month’s edition of “The Browne Report” television show.

Act 3 of 2013 created a 15-member panel which is charged with developing methodologies for a new formula to allocate any new state special education funding in a manner that recognizes the actual number of physically- and mentally-challenged students in a school and the various levels of their need for services.

The show includes a conversation between Senator Browne and Representative O’Neill – co-chairs of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission – detailing the legislation and the commission goals, along with clips from the ceremonial bill signing by Governor Corbett at William Tennant High School as well as hearings held by the Special Education Funding Formula Commission.

“This law will make long overdue reforms and changes to how Pennsylvania funds special education,” Senator Browne said. “The current funding formula system is ineffective in ensuring that state money is adequately and equitability distributed. The commission will develop and recommend a special education funding formula and identify factors that may be used to determine the distribution of changes in funding among school districts. This show gives insight into the legislation and some of the testimonies the commission has heard.”

The Browne Report can be seen locally on Blue Ridge Communications, Channel 13 Mondays at 9 a.m.; RCN, Channel 4 the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Friday of the month at 9 a.m.; and, Service Electric Cable, Channel 50 the first Monday of the month at 10 p.m. Check your local listings for other times the show may air and date changes.

The show is also available on Senator Browne’s website at www.senatorbrowne.com.

Matt Moyer
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